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March 24, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Macbeth - Metropolitan Opera
March 24, 2012 -

As the doomed couple, Thomas Hampson and Nadja Michael deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi's most challenging roles, Hampson for the first time at the Met and Michael in her company debut.

L'Elisir d'Amore - Metropolitan Opera
March 24, 2012 -

Donizetti's melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

Dohnányi conducts Henze and Schubert - New York Philharmonic
Through March 24, 2012 -

Lo Cor de la Plana - Carnegie Hall
March 24, 2012 -

Lo Còr de la Plana is an all-male polyphonic vocal ensemble that accompanies itself on amplified bendirs (frame drums), drawing on influences that range from Bartók to Gregorian chant, reggae, and Arab music.

Jefferson Starship - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 24, 2012 - New York

The iconic 1970s rock band Jefferson Starship grew out of the similarly iconic 1960s group Jefferson Airplane. Paul Kantner, along with Marty Balin, founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965. The band was the biggest rock group in America during the '60s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. The group headlined the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, and like The Beatles, to whom they are critically compared, they lasted a mere seven years - although their influence and impact on rock music continues well into the 21st century. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 24, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to info@4kent.com. The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Dave Barnes - Andrew Ripp - Highline Ballroom
March 24, 2012 -

Starting out by crisscrossing the country and selling vanloads of two independent albums -- Brother, Bring The Sun (2004) and Chasing Mississippi (2006) -- Dave Barnes had landed songs on television and in films and was well known to thousands who'd discovered his soulful, supple way with a melody, wrapping itself around a lyric that sneakily burrows under the skin. Those fans include Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and John Mayer, who said on his blog: "Go where this guy is taking you. My man's aim is true!" As an artist who embraces everything from Stevie Wonder to Steely Dan and seemingly everything in between, he creates music marked by both depth and groove -- songs that are both thought-provoking and dance-inspiring. Although Barnes is currently preparing to release his hotly-anticipated next album Stories to Tell (due out March 13th), it might surprise listeners to know that he never made a conscious decision to arrive where he is today. As he puts it, one thing just led to another, without much of a master plan. "I am thankful that many young singer-songwriters ask me, 'Dude, how did you do it? Give me the roadmap.' But the truth is, I don't know. I can't tell you that I've ever planned anything. And I like that, because it must mean I am meant to do this. Right?" Right.

The Werner Chamber Quartet - Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
March 24, 2012 - New York City

The Werner Quartet resides in Montana when they are not somewhere else! Young musicians Andree, Mariel, Lucien, and Helene Werner are siblings in the Werner Quartet and are often traveling around the globe making music.

Each member of the quartet has had the privilege of studying music with cellist Richard Aaron, and during the summer of 2011, Helene, Lucien, and Mariel will begin cello study with Hans Jensen. Each member of the quartet studies piano with pianist Brian Johnson, and is a distinguished participant in the Royal Conservatory of Music's piano program. The quartet has had private audiences with renowned cellists, Laszlo Varga, Michel Strauss of the Paris Conservatory, and Bernard Greenhouse. They have been enthusiastically received at Montana State University's Guest Artist and President's Fine Arts Series, by the Music Guild Series in Los Angeles, on National Public Radio's highly acclaimed program "From the Top," and as soloists with the Bozeman, Billings, and Great Falls Symphony Orchestras. During the summers, the quartet studies and performs at festivals abroad, including Peter de Grote Festival, La Ferme de Villefavard, and the Congress de Luthiers in France. When the Werner Quartet is at home, you can find them putting their musical talents to work for good causes. They are known to many in and around Montana for their contributions to important community organizations, including the Rescue Mission for the Homeless and the Wyoming Girls School. They share their music in support of the arts and education, and especially for organizations that encourage opportunities for young musicians. Tickets: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2012/3/24/0200/PM/The-Werner-Chamber-Quartet/

Franco De Vita - Radio City Music Hall
March 24, 2012 -

Radio City Music Hall welcomes Franco De Vita on Saturday March 24 @ 8PM.

Michael Schade, tenor - Thomas Quasthoff, baritone - Justus Zeyen, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 25, 2012 -

Thomas Quastoff, whom The New York Times calls "to put it bluntly, one of the finest vocal artists now performing," sings together with the "intense and intelligent" (The New York Times) Michael Schade in this wide-ranging program.

Murray Perahia, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 25, 2012 -

Blue Heron - Music for Three Sovereigns - Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 25, 2012 -

The Boston-based group, under the direction of Scott Metcalfe, makes its debut at The Cloisters with music from the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and from the Burgundian scriptorium of his daughter, Marguerite of Austria. The program includes sacred music by such Renaissance masters as Josquin des Pres, Ludwig Senfl, and Heinrich Isaac from the Liber selectarum cantionum, published in 1520 and containing some of the choicest pieces from the Emperor's chapel. Also included are settings by Josquin and Jean Mouton of Dido's Lament, the final words uttered by the tragic queen of Carthage. The twelve singers of the ensemble will be accompanied by a cornetto and a sackbut.

The Allman Brothers Band - Beacon Theatre
Through March 25, 2012 - New York

The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND are getting set to honor the 40th anniversary of their iconic 1972 live album EAT A PEACH in a big way: they're hailing 2012 as "The Year of the Peach."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will start the year with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which "honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording." That event will take place Saturday, February 11 during Grammy Week in Los Angeles and the group will be mentioned on the Sunday, February 12 national TV broadcast.

"It?s shaping up to be a great year," says BUTCH TRUCKS, who co-founded the band in 1969 with GREGG ALLMAN, drummer JAIMOE, guitarist DUANE ALLMAN, bassist BERRY OAKLEY and guitarist DICKEY BETTS. "We just wanted to make music that was honest and play it for friends, which is pretty much what we've done. It's an honor to be able to be recognized like this."

Soon after the Grammy Awards, the band will launch their annual residency at New York City's Beacon Theatre, where they will perform 10 shows beginning Friday, March 9 (see full itinerary below). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, January 6. The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND have performed over 200 sold out Beacon Shows since they began the March tradition in 1989. Their 2003 run was captured on the gold-selling LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE DVD and the ONE WAY OUT CD, which features the Grammy-nominated track "Instrumental Illness."

Les Violons du Roy - Carnegie Hall
March 25, 2012 -

When Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, and La Chapelle de Québec settled into Carnegie Hall from la belle province to perform the Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio in December 2009, James Oestreich of The New York Times praised their performances as "endlessly satisfying" and declared their version of Handel's masterwork to be "the best I've heard in years." They're back this season with a host of soloists, this time performing Bach's St. John Passion.

Ensemble ACJW - Carnegie Hall
March 25, 2012 -

Sometimes it seems as if these intrepid musicians, all alumni or fellows of The Academy postgraduate program, can do anything. Performers, teachers, and advocates for their art form, they show their versatility on this program of music that ranges from Haydn and Wagner to John Adams and Ligeti. They're joined by St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson and a soloist from the ranks of the ensemble, clarinetist Moran Katz.

GROOVE BUFFET Classic R&B, Motown & Soul Revue - Lucille's
March 25, 2012 - New York

Paying homage to soul legends, Groove Buffet has an extensive song library from which it crafts each show's set list, providing an entire night of material featuring the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and many more. Founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet has become one of the best classic R&B, Motown, and soul acts on the East Coast. The band captures the true spirit of what this music is all about, motivating people to get up and dance to each and every song it performs.

MARRAKESH EXPRESS A Tribute to CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 25, 2012 - New York

Marrakesh Express is the world's only touring, headline-quality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute band, excelling at reproducing CSNY's complex songs and cascading, layered harmonies. The band takes the audience back to the late 1960s with youthful musicians who bring an authentic hippie vibe and visual to the stage. CSNY was arguably the biggest band in the world after the demise of the Beatles and is one of the most enduring and influential musical groups of all time. The band, born in the turbulent years of the late 1960s, released hit after hit that spoke directly to their generation. Their songs remain in heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations to this day.

Kyle Eastwood - Highline Ballroom
March 25, 2012 -

Growing up as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood enjoyed a childhood that had jazz as its soundtrack. Although he initially studied film, he soon realized that jazz was his true passion. After years of paying his dues gigging around Los Angeles and New York, he released his debut album, From Here To There, on Sony in 1998. He didn't give up on film, however, and demonstrated his prowess as a composer with a contribution to the score for the Academy Award-winning film Mystic River (2003). Eastwood's next record, Metropolitan, was released in the US in June 2009. Co-produced by Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Eastwood's longtime writing partner Michael Stevens, the album captured the attention of the jazz world with its forward-thinking style and the gathering of some of the cream of today's jazz musicians. Last fall, Eastwood celebrated the release of his latest album, Songs from the Chateau (2011), at the Blue Note jazz club. Conceived in the fabulous 15th-century Chateau Couronneau in Ligueux, France, the album features an all-star band that includes Martyn Kaine (drums), Andrew McCormack (piano and keyboards), Graeme Flowers (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Graeme Blevins (soprano saxophone). With production by Crofton Orr and sound engineering by Simone Griva, the album may well be Eastwood's best release to date.

Blessed are the Peacemakers- A Lenten Tribute - St. Paul's Chapel
Through March 25, 2012 - New York

A Lenten Tribute Featuring Storytelling and Jazz Meditations by THEODICY JAZZ COLLECTIVE.

Celebrate the lives of men and women of faith and courage with stories, prayers, and jazz meditations by Theodicy Jazz Collective at St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan (Broadway at Fulton Street) on Sunday afternoons during Lent. This year’s reflections honor Mahatma Gandhi (02/26), Wangari Maathai (03/04), Martin Luther King, Jr. (03/11), Oscar Romero (03/18) and Nelson Mandela (03/25). For more information, visit http://www.trinitywallstreet.org. Theodicy Jazz Collective is a group of musicians committed to ministry through the creative, spiritual power of music. The collective has a unique sound influenced by the spirituals and gospel music of the African-American church, as well as progressive jazz and world music.

ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET with JOHN MOORE, baritone and ANNA POLONSKY, piano - The Town Hall
March 25, 2012 -

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
March 26, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

FRANKENSTEIN BROTHERS ft. BUCKETHEAD & THAT 1 GUY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 26, 2012 - New York

Frankenstein Brothers is a collaboration between guitarist Buckethead and multi-instrumentalist That 1 Guy. Featuring songs from their 2008 release Bolt On Neck, tonight's show will be the first time in over three years that these two electic artists have performed the material live.

Buckethead is an American musician, songwriter, and guitar virtuoso, famed for his distinctive stage outfit and elaborate shows. His music spans such diverse genres as progressive metal, thrash metal, funk, ambient, jazz, dub, and avant-garde music. Known for wearing a plain white mask and a bucket on his head when performing, he also incorporates nunchaku, robot dancing, and toy trading into his stage performances.

That 1 Guy (a.k.a. Mike Silverman) is perhaps best known for, well, creating his own instrument, Magic Pipe. Standing at seven feet tall, the collection of swiveling pipes, metal gears, bass strings, and electronic buttons forms the shape of a harp, but is played like a futuristic gutbucket. With his curious instrument, creative performances, and abundant talent, That 1 Guy soon caught the attention of promoters around the world and began touring heavily, wowing crowds at Big Day Out, Glastonbury, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Lowlands, Wakarusa, and numerous other festivals.

KoleXXXion Album Release Party - DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles - Highline Ballroom
March 26, 2012 -

What do you get when you combine DJ Premier, the track master Rolling Stone dubbed The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time, whose productions appeared on hip-hop's most important records, including those by his own group Gang Starr, Nas's Illmatic (1994), The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die (1994), Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt (1996), and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides (1999), with underground hip-hop legend Bumpy Knuckles (aka Freddie Foxxx), whose album Industry Shakedown (2000) still resonates within the industry. You get 17 premier produced tracks of pure hip-hop magic called The KoleXXXion. Don't miss the release party for this soon-to-be legendary record from Premier and Bumpy, with a little help from a few friends like host Flavor Flav, who raps on the first single, 'Shake the Room.'

East Meets West - Webster Hall
March 26, 2012 - New York

"East Meets West" is an evening presenting the best in musical performances with artists from the United States and Japan.

19 to enter, 21 to drink. Featuring an Asahi Beer open bar all night long!

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/145521058904035/ or at GuestCode.com - enter code #1097

Performers include:

*Hip-Hop Gamer - www.thehiphopgamershow.com *RIZE - www.triberize.net *JR Junior - www.iamjrjunior.com *fade - www.fadeonline.com

Leading up to and during "East Meets West", guests are encouraged to submit donations to assist with the Japan rebuilding efforts. Tohoku was one of the regions hardest hit by the earthquake and impending tsunami. Donation amounts will be left up to the discretion of attendees.

"East Meets West" is being coordinated through the joint efforts of Big Apple Style Marketing & C.E. United

L'Elisir d'Amore - Metropolitan Opera
March 27, 2012 -

Donizetti's melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

San Francisco Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 27, 2012 -

The San Francisco Symphony begins its American Mavericks residency at Carnegie Hall with a spectacular, ground-shaking ode to our country from the 1920s by a Frenchman who found creative sustenance right here in the Big Apple. Also on the program is music from John Cage's enigmatic Song Books with Jessye Norman, Meredith Monk, and Joan La Barbara, and the New York premiere of John Adams's Absolute Jest.

Celebrating The Birthplace Of Rock 'N Roll SUN RECORDS 60th Golden Anniversary Featuring Rockabilly Legend ROBERT GORDON & The Cast From The Hit Broadway Musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 27, 2012 - New York

The Sun Sound began when Sam Phillips launched his record company in February of 1952. He named it Sun Records as a sign of his perpetual optimism: a new day and a new beginning. Sam rented a small space at 706 Union Avenue for his own all-purpose studio. The label was launched amid a growing number of independent labels. In a short while Sun gained the reputation throughout Memphis as a label that treated local artists with respect and honesty. Sam provided a non-critical, spontaneous environment that invited creativity and vision. As a businessman, Phillips was patient and willing to listen to almost anyone who came in off the street to record. Memphis was a happy home to a diverse musical scene: gospel, blues, hillbilly, country, boogie, and western swing. Taking advantage of this range of talent, there were no style limitations at the label. In one form or another Sun recorded them all. Rockabilly became the major evolution in the Sun Sound. Lyrically it was bold; musically it was sparse; but it moved. In the 1950's Country music rarely used drums that were so vital to jazz, blues, and jump bands. In fact, drums were prohibited on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. However, Rockabilly drums played an essential role in driving teens across the nation to become enamored with the Rockabilly movement and the revolutionary Sun Sound. Once again, Sun was able to break new ground recording music of unparalleled diversity in an incubator of creativity. Inherent in the music of Sun is a vibrancy that survives to this day. Sincere, passionate music. Music that has stood the test of time. It is music that has reached across race, age and gender boundaries. It reflects the diversity and vision of the talent that recorded on the Sun label, and indeed, American popular culture itself.

An Evening With HAPA - Highline Ballroom
March 27, 2012 -

Like the Hawaiian Islands themselves, HAPA's pan-Polynesian music is an amalgam of influences ranging from ancient genealogical chants to the strummed ballads of Portuguese fisherman, Spanish cowboys, and the inspired melodies and harmonies of the traditional church choirs of the early missionaries. Add to this a dose of American acoustic folk-rock, and you have what has been described as the "most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows!" (Maui Times).

Shake, Rattle & Roll: An All-Request, Sing-Along Party - DUELING PIANOS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 27, 2012 - New York

This no-holds-barred dueling piano performance is the ultimate party, where you can sing, dance and laugh along to your heart's content. These piano masters seldom get a request they can't handle -- from Bill Haley to Billy Joel to Bon Jovi to Britney Spears, there's something for everyone among the repertoire of thousands of hit songs. This is a great place to bring a party, as the duo will give special shout-outs to those celebrating an occasion.

Rush Hour: Tchaikovsky's Pathetique - New York Philharmonic
March 28, 2012 -

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
March 28, 2012 - New York

The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000!

Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!

Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

San Francisco Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 28, 2012 -

On its second concert at Carnegie Hall as part of American Mavericks, the San Francisco Symphony presents Carl Ruggles's Sun-Treader, whose title comes from a Robert Browning poem, and an orchestration of Charles Ives's "Concord" Sonata, inspired by New England's transcendentalists. Ruggedly nonconformist, these works are matched with the no-less-individualistic music of iconoclast Morton Feldman.

The National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children's Foundation Presents POKER NIGHT FUNDRAISER - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 28, 2012 - New York

Join the The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Association for a Poker Night Fundraiser at B.B. King Blues Club! This event will feature a Texas Hold 'Em tournament, as well as a silent auction and craps and roulette tables. Participants in the poker tournament will compete for the first prize: seats at the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event! Other prizes include Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Party tickets, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Party tickets, Broadway show tickets, vacation packages, sporting event tickets, and more. All proceeds from tonight's event benefit the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation programs, which include initiatives to provide scholarships and grants for the children and families of our fallen heroes.

Hideki Togi - Highline Ballroom
March 28, 2012 -

Overseas, Togi has performed with the Belgian Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and in Russia, Cambodia, Italy, China, Spain, Thailand, and more. He has also served as an ambassador of goodwill to both France and Thailand. Tonight, he performs with violinist Iwao Furusawa and pianist Atsushi Abe in a unique concert. A portion of the proceeds from the performance will be donated to relief efforts for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

Macbeth - Metropolitan Opera
March 29, 2012 -

As the doomed couple, Thomas Hampson and Nadja Michael deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi's most challenging roles, Hampson for the first time at the Met and Michael in her company debut.

American Mavericks with Members of the San Francisco Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 29, 2012 -

Music by two West Coast composers with a penchant for melding seemingly disparate sounds frames this American Mavericks event, starting with a piece for electronica and chorus by Oakland-based Mason Bates. Organist Paul Jacobs joins an unorthodox ensemble that includes plumbers' pipes and oxygen-tank bells in Lou Harrison's Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra.

James DePreist Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra - Lincoln Center - Alice Tully Hall
March 29, 2012 - New York

James DePreist, conductor.

George WALKER Lyric for String Orchestra; SCHUMANN Cello Concerto; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4.

The classicism of Walker's 1941 work for string orchestra is complemented by these stately works by Schumann and Beethoven.

FREE tickets available 3/15. For more information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406 or visit the Web site at www.juilliard.edu.

Dom Kennedy - Highline Ballroom
March 29, 2012 -

In 2010, Kennedy exploded onto the national hip-hop scene with From The Westside With Love, a free download that plays like a true studio album. This release legitimized his fan base across the US, receiving over 100,000 downloads. Bolstered by the success of the record, Kennedy became a mainstay on the independent hip-hop circuit, touring the country and cutting music videos for tracks like "1997," "Locals Only," and "The 4 Heartbeatz." He released his fifth project, The Original Dom Kennedy, in 2011. Fresh off the release of his first commercial project From The Westside with Love II (2011), Kennedy recently announced his This is Dom Kennedy headlining tour, which will stretch from late March to late April and will see him perform in Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, and right here at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.

Sounds of Twilight at Winter's End - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
March 29, 2012 - New York City

Sounds of Twilight at Winter's End

Coronado High School Wind Ensemble Alan Combs, Director

Clark High School Concert Band and Orchestra Jeffrey Lacoff, Director Charles Cushinery, Director

Santiago High School Madrigals and Santiago High School Treble Ensemble Karen Garrett, Director

THE YEAR OF THE SONGWRITER: THE 26TH ANNUAL MAC AWARDS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 29, 2012 - New York

Join us at B.B. King Blues Club for the 26th Annual MAC Awards! Tonight's event is produced by Julie Miller, directed by Lennie Watts, and music directed by Tracy Stark, with host Jason Graee. At tonight's event, Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to the greatest songwriters of the year!

Cappella Romana - Desert and City: Medieval Byzantine Music of the Holy Land - Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 30, 2012 -

As Holy Week approaches, this concert offers evocative music of the season composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries by the city's great church fathers: Patriarch Sophronios, Kosmas the Melodist, and Saint John Damascene. It continues with excerpts of the hauntingly beautiful Great Vespers for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria as it might have been celebrated at her monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt during the fifteenth century.

American Mavericks with Members of the San Francisco Symphony - Carnegie Hall
March 30, 2012 -

American Mavericks concludes with a concert that reflects the range of music that defines the maverick spirit: The human voice stretched to its limit by Meredith Monk; electronic theater music by Morton Subotnik; pulsing music by Steve Reich; and Lukas Foss's experimentalism grounded in the European tradition.

"Clapton Is Godfrey" The 11th Annual ERIC CLAPTON Birthday Celebration - GODFREY TOWNSEND & FRIENDS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 30, 2012 - New York

As Eric Clapton began building his legendary status as a great blues guitarist, the slogan "Clapton Is God" appeared on many walls throughout London in the late '60s. Searching for something clever to call the show, Godfrey Townsend and his band came up with this play on words ... Clapton Is GOD-frey. Godfrey and his band have been performing to sold-out crowds at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York City's Times Square with their tribute to Eric Clapton for the past 11 years. This tribute show is the longest-running successfully on-going show B.B.'s has ever had. Spanning four decades of Clapton's amazing career, Townsend and his band maintain a large repertoire of material, constantly adding and switching up songs from different eras for a fresh musical experience every time. This is not just another cover band - no tribute band look-a-like actors here. Townsend and his band of world-class musicians authentically capture the essence of a musical evening with Eric Clapton.

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen - New York Society for Ethical Culture
March 30, 2012 - New York

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen, a film by Michael Stillwater, celebrates the life and music of the artist named an "American Choral Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts, whom musicologist Nick Strimple describes as "the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic."

CIRCADIA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS: THE PAST IS PROLOGUE - FREE CONCERT - Christ and St Stephens Church
March 30, 2012 - New York

Four modern composers re-imagine music of the past, from the church vocal music of the German Renaissance to Elizabethan court music, from vaudeville to bebop—and finally to music from a culture that never actually existed.

Kaoru Hinata, flute; Christopher Cullen, clarinet; Lynn Bechtold, violin; Jennifer DeVore, cello; Laura Barger, piano.

CHARLES WUORINEN Bearbeitungen über das Glogauer Liederbuch; DAN COOPER Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano; THOMAD ADÈS Court Studies from The Tempest; STEVEN MACKEY Indigenous Instruments.

Charles Wuorinen's Bearbeitungen über das Glogauer Liederbuch is a kaleidoscopic development of 15th-century church vocal music preserved in the songbook of a German cathedral. Thomas Adès' Court Studies from The Tempest is an evocative arrangement for clarinet, strings and piano from the composer's operatic setting of the Shakespeare play. Dan Cooper's Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano channels vaudeville, bebop, and other styles in a collection of concise little movements. Steven Mackey set out to create a completely original work which still evokes the distant past in Indigenous Instruments. With retuned strings and a vocabulary of primitive sounds, Mackey draws us into a soundscape that could have been but never was. Founded in 1998, Circadia is committed to exploring and expanding the chamber music repertoire for winds, especially in combination with other instruments. Through concerts as well as education and outreach appearances, the members of our ensemble seek to introduce new audiences to chamber works ranging from the familiar to the innovative.

For more information, visit http://www.bsmny.org/concerts/month-view.php?month=march&requested_year=2012&page=2

Mozart Meets Jazz - Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
March 30, 2012 - New York

New York’s Nova Philharmonic presents an innovative program as Mozart’s classical orchestra meets contemporary jazz quartet in a unique arrangement of “A Little Night Music.” Visionary maestro Dong-Hyun Kim conducts the orchestra who will face off against the Paul Joseph Quartet. Keeping with the jazz theme, violinist and composer Gregor Huebner will perform his “Concerto con Violin Latina.” And underscoring the relationship between old and new will be a performance of Joel Mandelbaum’s “The Past is Now.” www.novaphilharmonic.org

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
March 31, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

L'Elisir d'Amore - Metropolitan Opera
March 31, 2012 -

Donizetti's melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

St. Matthew Passion - Collegium Vocale Gent Choir and Orchestra - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 31, 2012 -

Music on Period Instruments.

Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert - Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 31, 2012 -

Stravinsky—Concertino for String Quartet (1920); Germaine Tailleferre—String Quartet (1917-19); Debussy—Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915); Virgil Thomson—"Alice Toklas" from Five Ladies, for Violin and Piano (1930); Fauré—Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 45.

Dohnányi Conducts Tchaikovsky and Dvorák - New York Philharmonic
Through March 31, 2012 -

The Original Good Rats - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 31, 2012 - New York

Rolling Stone Magazine has labeled The Good Rats as "the world's most famous unknown band." Rock stars like Kiss, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel, along with celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Rosie O'Donnell, and many others, are among the many fans of the Good Rats. The band is extremely proud to have been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame and has opened up for such great artist as Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Ozzy Osbourne, The Grateful Dead, Kiss, Journey, and many other prominent musicians. The Rats have also performed at Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Spectrum, the Nassau Coliseum, the Hammersmith Odeon in England, Holleder Stadium in Rochester, and many more prestigious venues. Now in 2011, the Good Rats continue to perform in local venues throughout New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as playing annually in their own summer weekend outdoor festival, aptly named Ratstock. Peppi Marchello, the founder, lead singer, and sole songwriter for the group, is also still performing over a 100 shows each year, including outdoor festivals, private events, large concerts, clubs, and bars.

Legends of Disco LIVE at the Hammerstein Ballroom NYC - Hammerstein Ballrooom
March 31, 2012 - New York

The Ultimate Disco Dance Party featuring 5 legendary disco hit makers including Chic and the Trammps with MCs Deney Terrio and CBS FM's Joe Causi. Relive the days of Studio 54 and catch dance fever all over again.

Tickets: http://tickets.discopartynyc.com/

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 31, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to info@4kent.com. The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

CEG Presents Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett The Guitarists of Little Feat - Highline Ballroom
March 31, 2012 -

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett are guitar players. In fact, they're the guitar players with the legendary band Little Feat. Now they've joined forces to form an acoustic duo that will quite frankly blow you away, performing songs from their Little Feat catalogue and more with a decidedly different twist. The two first played together on the album Dixie Chicken (1973) almost 30 years ago, and since then they've played together or individually on numerous recording sessions for Little Feat and countless others, including Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Dionne Farris, and The Wallflowers, to name but a few. Fred Tackett became a member of Little Feat in 1987 just before the making of Let it Roll (1988), but in a sense he has been a member for a whole lot longer. He has been writing songs for and playing on recordings with Little Feat since 1972 as one of the leading studio guitarists in Los Angeles since moving there in 1967. Tackett's credits are really too numerous to list. Along with his many sessions, he found time to travel with Bob Dylan for three years, Bob Seger for one, and also with Boz Scaggs just as Silk Degrees (1990) was making disco almost tolerable. Born in 1945 in Little Rock, AK, Tackett says everyone in his family played the trumpet except his mom. He brings multifaceted talents of guitar, mandolin, and trumpet to the table with Mr. Barrere's guitar and voice in a much more intimate rendering of songs and stories from a well-traveled road.

Eternal Light...Shining Bright - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
March 31, 2012 - New York City

Eternal Light...Shining Bright.

Hilary Apfelstadt, Conductor Laureate; Music for Women's Chorus;

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor; Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna; Morten Lauridsen, Composer-in-Residence;

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International.

Cy-Fair Chorale and Cy-Fair High School Women's Choir. Jed Ragsdale and Hallie Reed, Directors .

Dr. John: Insides Out: A Louis Armstrong Tribute - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through March 31, 2012 - Fort Greene

For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.


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